Rancho softball team opens at Redwood
Cougars nab No. 9 seed in NCS Div. II playoffs
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Rancho Cotate High School’s girls’ softball team will open the North Coast Section Div. II playoffs Tuesday when it travels to Larkspur to take on Redwood High.

The Cougars, 17-6-1 overall, are the ninth seed in the playoffs, while the Giants (18-5) are seeded eighth. The game is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.

On paper, these two teams seem evenly matched, with Redwood averaging 5.7 runs per game, while Rancho Cotate averages 5.4 runs per game. The Giants’ team batting average (led by Kayla Rose’s .500 batting average) is .297.

The Cougars as a team, with Taylor Del Santo leading the way with a .377 average) are hitting at a clip of .292. The Giants also hold a slight statistical edge in on-base percentage (.369) topping that of Rancho Cotate’s .339 and fielding percentage, .926 to Rancho Cotate’s .922. Rancho Cotate has a better slugging percentage (.396) than Redwood (.369).

Where the Cougars have a significant advantage is in the caliber of opponents during the season, particularly in their respective leagues. The North Bay League, where the Cougars finished third with a 9-5 mark, offers stiffer competition than the Marin County Athletic League, of which Redwood was champion.

The winner of today’s game plays the winner of Wednesday’s game between top-seeded Alhambra and No. 16 seed San Lorenzo.

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